Applications open in early-September for the following summer term.
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If you don't yet have your passport, don't worry! You do not need a physical copy of your passport in order to apply for the program. However, if you don't already have a passport, please be proactive and begin your passport application today!
*Non-UofA students: Upon acceptance to the program, the Office of Study Abroad will provide non-UofA students further instructions on how to enroll at the University as a visiting, non-degree-seeking student.
This exciting new Tropical Ecology program is based at the Sakaerat Environmental Research Station (SERS) in Northeastern Thailand, where students will receive instruction through classroom lectures and field trips as well as participate in field or laboratory-based research projects with Thai undergraduate students. SERS is a 78-square kilometer nature preserve in the center of the Sakaerat Biosphere Reserve, a UNESCO Man and Biosphere reserve. There will be a four-day classroom course in the US before leaving for three weeks in Thailand, during which students will learn some basic Thai language and aspects of Thai culture that are relevant to functioning in the country.
Undergraduates should have completed at least 24 credit hours*
with a minimum
cumulative GPA of 2.5
or better at the time of application.
*Students who have completed less than 24 credit hours may be admissible upon recommendation of faculty leader with support of the dean of the sponsoring college.
Credit Issued By:
University of Arkansas
Six (6) credit hours
: Offered at the Undergraduate level
BIOL 496V Field Studies:
Tropical Ecology in Thailand
BIOL 496VH Honors Field Studies:
Tropical Ecology in Thailand
- Students will be able to use the scientific method to design and conduct field studies in a tropical forest setting.
- Students will learn to work collaboratively with people from a different culture
- Students will be able to communicate results of field states through written and oral reports
- Students will gain an understanding of Thai culture, history and geography
- Students will be able to describe the factors affecting the distribution of the major vegetational associations in northeast Thailand
- Students will be able to list threats to the conservation of biodiversity at Sakaerat Biosphere Reserve and elsewhere in the world
- Students will be able to list the management techniques used by the UNESCO Man and the Biosphere Reserve system
Students will spend two nights in the Win Long Place hotel in upon our arrival in Bangkok. The majority of the time will be spent at the Sakaerat Environmental Research Station (SERS) which has excellent accommodation for students. We will spend one night in a cabin at Kao Yai National Park.
We will spend four nights at the Koh Kood Resort on an island called Koh Kood (also spelled Ko Kut) in the Gulf of Thailand. We will spend a day visiting the campus of Suranaree University of Technology and have a :mixer" for Thai and U of A students to hang out.
The following excursions are being planned:
- Golden Buddha (Wat Pho), Emerald Buddha (Wat Pra Kaew) and Thai Royal Palace in Bangkok
- Prasat Hin Phi Mai -1000 year old Kmer Ruins in Nakhon Rachasima Province one hour from the Sakaerat Biosphere Reserve.
- The above are important cultural and religious sites in Thailand and will help students gain an understanding of Thai culture, religion and history.
- Kao Yai National Park - one of the best national parks in the world. Kai Yai contains tropical forest types and wildlife (elephants and tigers) not found at Sakaerat.
- We will travel to the island of Ko Kood (also spelled Ko Kut) for a few days to experience a marine environment and go snorkeling.
- We will also visit the campus of Suranaree University of Technology so the students can interact with Thai university students and experience a bit of university life in Thailand.
Financial aid and scholarships are available to U of A students.
In many cases, you can also use your current scholarships and financial aid to help finance your program. If you receive scholarships, grants, or loans as a U of A student, please contact your Financial Aid Advisor in Silas Hunt Hall (479-575-3806) to see how much of your current aid package you’ll be able to utilize towards this summer study abroad program or to apply for loans. Participants on this program may also be eligible to apply for these institutional and national scholarships below. Criteria for scholarships vary, and students should read eligibility requirements carefully.
U of A students should check out funding opportunities on our website
and with your college.
For assistance with the application process, costs, travel arrangements, etc., contact the Office of Study Abroad.
For additional information about courses or program content, contact the faculty leaders:
Department of Biological Sciences
Check out our quick info sheet
to see what former students have said about their cultural experiences, out of pocket expenses and budgeting, packing, and technology abroad!